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MKG Collection Online


With approximately 500,000 objects from 4,000 years of human history, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is one of Europe’s most important museums of art and design. The digitised and published parts of the collection are accessible online via MKG Collection Online since 2015:

The website features more than 20,000 artworks and artifacts. The LIDO-XML dataset that is provided and updated here contains metadata of all the published records including links to the connected images, if available.

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The metadata includes information about

  • artist/actor,
  • actor role,
  • object type,
  • title,
  • eventtype,
  • date and place,
  • material,
  • technique,
  • dimensions,
  • marks and inscription,
  • classification,
  • iconography/subject,
  • depicted persons,
  • depicted place,
  • description and rights metadata,
  • relations between artworks/objects

The vocabulary used for cataloguing is in large parts linked to the

All persons and corporate bodies are linked to their respective GND record, if available.


Dataset License: The datasets are placed in the public domain using a CC0 Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0).

Image Licenses: More than 9000 images are reusable without any restrictions, i.e. CC0 Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0), however some require attribution (CC-BY 3.0 DE) and others the permission by the rightsholder. If reusing images, please note our usage guidelines, that apply also for this dataset:


If you find any errors or want to provide additional information, please email us at